About Black History Month
Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States. Because of the timing of the birthdays of two very important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Black History Week was originally slated for the second week in February in 1926. In 1976, it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.